What is Early Intervention?
Early Intervention (EI) consists of services and supports designed to help families with children who have developmental delays. While all children grow and change at their own rate, some children can experience delays in their development. Sometimes this can be a cause for concern. Early Intervention provides supports and services to young children and their families/caregivers to help the child grow and develop.
Who is eligible?
Infants and toddlers, birth to three, who have a developmental delay or diagnosis are eligible to receive services.
What are Early Intervention supports and services?
Early Intervention (EI) supports and services are provided at no cost to families. EI services may include: information on how children develop skills and abilities; education and support for the parent/caregiver, and specific developmental therapies designed for their child. Early Intervention provides ideas for how a family can help their child at home as well as in the community, and is individualized to enhance both growth and learning. Early Intervention can also assist families in finding and linking to a variety of community services and supports.
Where do children/families receive supports and services?
Services may be provided during the child’s daily activities at home or in the community, at child care centers, nursery schools, play groups, etc.
Who should families contact to see if their child is eligible for Early Intervention?
A first step for a family with a concern about their child’s development is to call (570) 420-1900, ext. 3723. The Early Intervention program will determine if the child is eligible for Early Intervention.